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Take A Knee — Or Walk On Crutches 6,200 Miles to Freedom

It would appear one of the corpses from the long-dead media is still twitching. Honestly, I don’t understand how networks are making any money. From earlier this week, in discussing North Korea, Chris Matthews shows us how stupid he is, or how stupid he thinks we are (emphasis mine):

How can a country in the economic straights and the isolation it suffers from, like North Korea, how is it able to build infrastructure like the subway system I saw this morning, this beautiful subway system? And we’re having a hard time doing it here. I mean, that’s a little bit rhetorical, but how do they get the capital? How does a country that is starving get the capital to put together those kinds of projects?

Sometimes we need to sit back and marvel at how dumb some people can be and, despite that, how high they can rise in the ranks of a given profession. With Chris Matthews, it really is something to behold.

Chris, who’s the source of the North Korean people’s suffering? Why are they starving? If it’s not Kim Jung Un and his top henchman, surely someone else is responsible for the average North Korean children population to be an average of 15 pounds lighter and five inches shorter than their South Korean counterparts. Oh, you didn’t know children are warned not to be out at night since many have resulted to cannibalism? Does Kim’s obesity make you reconsider your question?

Also, what’s rhetorical – as in, a question whose answer is so obvious it need not be spoken – in your original question? Is there an obvious answer to why, according to you, we supposedly can’t build a subway system better or faster than the North Koreans? What moron compares our two countries, and makes a similar conclusion about our infrastructure?

You can find real horror stories of torture, starvation, and depravity out of North Korea, but you can also learn of stories about survivors who go to tremendous lengths to be free, like Ji Seong-ho:

Since coming to South Korea, I’ve been living with a prosthetic arm and leg. Originally, I was missing a part of my arm and leg and it was very difficult living in North Korea with such a disability because I didn’t get any food or support from the government. I think maybe they just wanted me to die. So I crossed the border into China and begged for food, but was arrested when I returned. They confiscated everything and tortured me, and heard them say things like, “Cripples like you should just die.” So I decided that I should escape. In 2006 I defected from North Korea, crossed the Duman River and traveled through China, Laos, Mynamar, and Thailand for 6,200 miles on nothing but crutches. I really think it was a miracle. I really think God helped me.
During the journey I was so tired that I collapsed in the jungle with no one around me. Everyone who was traveling with me had abandoned me because they couldn’t take care of me. I remember lying down in that jungle, crying; and I wanted to survive so I could later help those who are in my situation. Thankfully, I was able to get help from some people and I was able to cross the border. Just as my life is important, everyone’s life is important.

Safe to say Ji Seong-ho would do anything to stand for the National Anthem.

Image: Excerpted from: photo credit: Ted’s photos – Off & On 2016 – Mexico – Orizaba – Crutches via photopin (license)

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Michael Cummings

About the author, Michael Cummings: Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns. View all articles by Michael Cummings

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